THE PRINCIPLES The initial Browns, said to be Miami Beach’s first hotel, was constructed in 1915; the two-story building, which pre-dates Art Deco, seems like a trading post that was Western. Advice: 112 Marine Drive, (305) 674-7977; is under construction.
Most of the building is devoted to Perfect 112, a steakhouse owned by the Ohio restaurateur Chefetz. The 2nd-ground resort (with only eight areas) feels like an afterthought. as soon as I arrived at mid-day lately, exhausted from traveling, and asked nicely if my room was prepared, the supervisor replied, “You Will need to come back afterwards. I’m having trouble with the computer. Till I reach our tech guy, I won’t know which room to provide you.” The steakhouse serves up to 500 dinners a night, with bunches nonetheless waiting for tables at nighttime. Why should an only resort visitor issue?
THE LOCATION Until several years ago, the portion of Miam Beach hotels below Fifth Street was a no-man’s land, regardless of the Century, a far-out resort for urban leaders and the presence of Joe’s Stone Crab. Now it’s as gentrified as the remainder of Miami Beach. Big and Nemo Pink, equally popular Chefetz- owned restaurants, are just about to happen.
THE ROOMS A lesson in room-preparation. Each “minisuite” is approximately 10-feet by 20 feet; a partition down the center generates separate, 10-foot-by-10-feet resting and dwelling spaces. The partition helps right back-to-back flatscreen televisions. The one is so big, you will feel like you’re resting in a cinema. Furniture is of-the-second. (If you have observed a West Elm catalogue, you’ve noticed the appearance.) Dark wood makes every piece of a-star that is lint. Luckily, neither the bunch sound nor the scent of steak reaches the rooms. Mr. Chefetz stated: “I set in ten levels of insulating material.”
A CD player that is complicated and tHE TOILETS A third flatscreen television create a high tech feel at odds with all the traditional fittings. There are gobs of Aveda products, including a, wash that is minty that is wonderful.
THE CROWD It Really Is all down-stairs, feasting on $44 T-bones and $1 1 cooked carrots. The Kobe beef hot-dog is $20. “It’s New Year’s Eve here every night,” my waitress noted, referring to the hordes that bash far into the night.
CREATURE COMFORTS there is no guidebook to resort comforts, because there are no hotel conveniences. (Luckily, my Ny health club has a branch about a mile away.) And there is scarcely anybody at the front desk. At check out period, restaurant reservations were being taken by the only workers in the anteroom, and not one of them knew the best way to use the hotel computer system to offer me a bill. My crucial was given by me to among them; she stated she’d ask someone to mail a bill to me. It never came.
ROOM-SERVICE For luncheon or dinner, contact the restaurant. But you’re for breakfast on your own , almost. The manager told me to come downstairs and ask for among the sous chefs. “If you are nice to him, he’ll make you breakfast.”
THE BASE LINE A standard room is $350-plus tax. Still, it’s easier to reserve a room at the hotel than the usual stand at Prime 112. Therefore if you do not desire to drive home after dinner, this might be the place. Outside, I moved up to the Marriott after one night, longing for an ocean view, a pool, and parking.